It’s time for a new round of hack-the-media hysteria: When Russian networks are compromised, who is responsible?
According to a new report from cybersecurity company Secureworks, “Russian social media accounts” were the ones who paid for the data they stole, and not the hackers.
Secureworks has been investigating Russian social networks for more than a year, and the results are disturbing.
They found that Russian accounts hacked into the social networks of major media outlets and media outlets across the world were the “primary targets” of Russian hackers.
These hacked accounts were not the “hackers” in the way they’re portrayed in the mainstream media.
They were simply the hackers who “borrowed” stolen data and made it their own.
“The Russian hacktivists targeted the largest, most influential, and most profitable media outlets, as well as their key target users,” the report explains.
They also targeted media outlets with a large number of Twitter followers, like the New York Times, CNN, and BuzzFeed.
“They also targeted a significant number of U.S. news outlets,” Secureworks explained.
These were the media outlets that were most likely to be targeted by Russian social network operators, which Secureworks identified as “Russia Today” and “Vkontakte.”
The news outlets were “likely targeted due to their size, audience, and political power,” the firm said.
But they were also likely targeted due in part to their “social and cultural importance” to the Russian government, according to Secureworks.
The firm did not name any of the media sites targeted by the Russian hackers, but said that the accounts were “most likely” associated with Russia Today.
The report also stated that Russian social channels were “used to share and disseminate information to Russia’s state-sponsored media outlets.”
It also said that Russian hacking efforts targeted “a number of other media outlets,” including Reuters, Reuters English, and Reuters World.
Secure works, which specializes in analyzing the use of social media by state-backed actors, said it had discovered “an extensive set of data” on Russia Today, the largest Russian media outlet.
It also noted that Reuters and Reuters English are the most-used social media platforms in Russia.
The researchers were also able to identify “several other accounts, some of which are still active, which have been linked to the same IP address.”
“These are just a small handful of accounts,” SecureWorks senior researcher Michael Karp said.
“But the fact that they were all used to share information about events that were potentially relevant to Russia is significant.”
Russia Today and its parent company, Sputnik, have been targets of a series of U